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Office Hall in King George County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Port Conway

 
 
Historic Port Conway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 18, 2008
1. Historic Port Conway Marker
Inscription.  The site of Port Conway is located five miles south on the Rappahannock River. Francis Conway laid out the town in 1783, and the next year the Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing it. James Madison, Father of the Constitution and fourth president of the United States, was born at the Conway house on 16 March 1751. On 1 Sept, 1863, Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick's Federal cavalry shelled two Union gunboats at Port Conway that had been captured by Confederates. John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, fled across the river there on 24 Apr. 1865, Little remains of the town today.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-66.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Booth's Escape, the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 16, 1751.
 
Location. 38° 14.106′ 
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N, 77° 9.055′ W. Marker is in Office Hall, Virginia, in King George County. Marker is on US 301 James Madison Parkway, half a mile south of VA 3 Kings Highway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: King George VA 22485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hanover Baptist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ralph Bunche High School (approx. 2.7 miles away); King George Confederate Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); St. Paul’s Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 4.1 miles away); Marmion (approx. 4.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
 
Historic Port Conway Marker on US 301 (facing south). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2009
2. Historic Port Conway Marker on US 301 (facing south).
Historic Port Conway Marker seen along US 301, looking north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 7, 2010
3. Historic Port Conway Marker seen along US 301, looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,073 times since then and 198 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 23, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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